Most notable is Kobe Bryant’s torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist, which occurred in the team’s first preseason game on Dec. 19, but Bryant has pushed through soreness and swelling to lead the team with 27.7 points and 5.7 assists per game, plus 6.7 boards and 1.67 steals in 35 minutes per game on 45.3 percent shooting. He’ll continue to be listed as “day-to-day.”
Probably the next on L.A.’s soreness chart is Josh McRoberts, who not only has a sprained left thumb but also – and more painfully – his left big toe. While he managed to play 20 minutes towards six points, six boards and two blocks against the Jazz, McRoberts said the toe was sore enough to prevent him from running and jumping as he’s capable (though we didn’t notice on one huge alley-oop dunk). Nonetheless, he’s going to play through it in a starting role against the Knicks before heading to the bench when Andrew Bynum returns from suspension on Saturday.
Pau Gasol suffered a sprained right shoulder in the season opener on Christmas against Chicago, but has played through it with limited annoyance, posting 22 points, nine boards and five blocks in L.A.’s Tuesday evening win against Utah. He’s also listed as “day-to-day.”
Matt Barnes fell on his hip in the fourth quarter against Sacramento, in which he contributed four points and three boards in 13 minutes. The technical term is “bursitis, left hip,” through which Barnes said he can play. He was not called upon against Utah, with Devin Ebanks and Metta World Peace still ahead of him on the current small forward depth chart, but said he’s fine to play when called upon.
The lone longer-term injury in L.A. was suffered by Derrick Caracter in training camp, when he tore meniscus in his left knee on Dec. 14. He will be out for at least 2-4 more weeks.